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Lee Memorial Health System
Rehabilitation Hospital Restores Patients’ Independence
“Many of these patients have been robbed of their independence. For these people, the Rehabilitation Hospital provides the solution they need to regain their health.
Most people live a normal life—working, driving, visiting friends, pursuing hobbies and maybe volunteering. For some, the unthinkable happens. They wake up in a hospital with physicians and nurses explaining what happened: a stroke, a car crash or a severe fall.
Many of these patients have been robbed of their independence. For these people, the Rehabilitation Hospital provides the solution they need to regain their health.
The Rehabilitation Hospital is a specialty hospital located within Lee Memorial Hospital. It opened in 1987. Since then, the Rehabilitation Hospital has specialized in improving function following a decline caused by medical events. The hospital accepts patients who have suffered from stroke, orthopedic injuries/surgeries, brain injury, spinal injury, cancer and any other issue that may have led to a decline in independence. The hospital is nationally recognized and accredited for its specialty care of stroke and brain-injured patients, and it is one of only five National Centers of Excellence recognized by the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA).
“Our main function is to help patients leave the hospital setting and return to their life, no matter their age or medical issue,” says senior physical therapist Joe Ryan.
When a patient is admitted to the Rehabilitation Hospital, he or she connects with a rehabilitation physician, physical therapist and occupational therapist and, if necessary, a speech and language pathologist and psychologist. Each patient also has an on-site care manager available to assist him or her and their family navigate through insurance and discharge questions and concerns. The hospital also provides full-time nursing with many of the nurses specially trained in rehabilitation nursing. The average length of stay is approximately two weeks, and during that time the patient receives about three hours of therapy each day.
“Our team of therapists and psychologists are some of the most qualified, motivated and specialized clinicians you can find,” Joe says. “Our team works with patients every day to help them improve. They are not interested in how many times you can extend your knees or how many arm raises you can do—they are in the business of getting you home.”
Staff at the hospital helps patients with daily activities, such as dressing, showering, mobility and walking. The hospital features a fully functioning kitchen and two rehabilitation vehicles to help patients transition back into a community role. Occupational therapists also train family members to help patients succeed once they return home.
“The Rehabilitation Hospital is part of the larger continuum of care for Lee Memorial Health System,” says Jeff Brown, vice president, the Rehabilitation Hospital. “We work together closely with other venues of care, such as home health and our skilled nursing facility, to provide the right level of care at the right time for every patient.”
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